The Ohio Democrats will elect their new party chair on Thursday. And party insiders are starting to congregate around two of their six options.
Former Ohio Democratic Party leader David Pepper resigned late last month, saying it was time for a new leader to take over the helm. Pepper held this post for five years.
The new chair must work out new strategies for victory in Ohio. The party has not won a single out of court seat in the state in more than a decade. In the last election, Ohio re-elected President Donald Trump by a larger margin than in 2016.
David Niven, professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati, says the new chair will have two important roles – gathering the troops and overseeing the party itself.
“This is someone who will be the cheerleader but also the headmaster,” says Niven.
US Senator Sherrod Brown has approved Liz Walters for the ODP chairmanship. She is not on this story because she said she could not speak on the file at the time of my deadline. But here are the other five candidates being considered for the position. https://t.co/1a3BFuDkix
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Although there are six candidates, most of the attention goes to Antoinette Wilson, who led the campaign last year of Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner and Liz Walters. She is a former ODP executive who has won the support of US Senator Sherrod Brown and other party members.
Both Walters and Wilson participated in a Zoom call on the Ohio Democratic Party’s Facebook page Tuesday night to answer questions from members of the organization’s executive committee. The party will select the new chair on Thursday.